International Student Advisor
Reports To: Vice President for Enrollment Management
Status: Full-time, Exempt
The International Student Advisor is responsible for supporting all areas of customer service and student support for NDNU’s community of international students. The International Student Advisor shall serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for SEVIS, and will be the University’s primary person in charge of interpreting and implementing federal regulations as they pertain to advising international students and maintaining the responsibilities inherent in being a host institution to international students. As the lead staff member in a 1-person office, the International Student Advisor assists international students with many aspects of their transition to life in the United States, including hosting International Orientations, assisting with academic advising as it pertains to regulatory standards, providing enriching student activities and information forums, and offering general support on a broad array of issues international students face. S/he will lead efforts to recruit international students through established and new contacts, including language schools, overseas agents, and other partners. The International Student Advisor also counsels prospective international students during their application, admission, and enrollment process. The International Student Advisor will play a role in student retention by offering thorough and appropriate support and advocacy on behalf of NDNU’s community of international students.
- Serve as a Designated School Official (DSO) for SEVIS, and make timely and appropriate updates as is required by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and other federal agencies;
- Evaluate student documents as they pertain to the creation of form I-20, and generate form I-20 for international students when documentation has been appropriately submitted;
- Assist international students with visa/immigration and other pre-arrival issues;
- Advise students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) opportunities, and determine student eligibility for these programs as is defined by the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and as is permitted by NDNU’s curriculum;
- Communicate with families, as requested, and provide supporting documents to relatives of international students;
- Plan and host enriching student activities and information forums for international students;
- Host two International Orientation sessions per academic year (Fall and Spring);
- Serve as the staff advisor for the International Students Club;
- Develop and implement international recruiting initiatives; maintain close contact with language school partners; manage range of international agents on the recruitment of students to NDNU;
- Work with the Admissions Office to counsel prospective and admitted students on admissions and regulatory procedures;
- Give admissions presentations and recruit at local language schools and/or community colleges, and attend local, national, or international recruiting fairs and/or college expositions, as appropriate;
- Attend regional and/or national training events and industry conferences, as appropriate;
- Serve as a primary contact person for NDNU’s on-campus, independently-run language school, TALK International;
- Work closely with academic advisors and international students to effectively advise students on the ways in which academic choices may impact their F-1 visa status;
- Manage student workers and/or student interns, as needed;
- Other duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree;
- 2-3 years’ experience working with international students at a college/university;
- Experience as a DSO or PDSO for SEVIS highly preferred;
- S/he must have a demonstrated ability to establish priorities, suggest enhancements, and work independently with a minimum of supervision;
- Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills;
- S/he must enjoy multitasking in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining attention to detail;
- Demonstrated quality customer service background.
NDNU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports a diverse student population. In your cover letter, expressing interest and outlining your qualifications for the position, please include information about your experience(s) in working in a diverse environment, and what qualities you would bring to supporting this commitment to inclusive excellence at NDNU.